I've done a few sportives in the UK (London/Cambridge) and love the atmosphere and closed roads aspect. It is possible to go further and faster than I would ever do on a Sunday afternoon spin around the local hills. However after getting throughly rained upon in London I am setting my sights further afield. I am considering combining an event with a holiday for next year.
Is fly and hire a good option? The prospect of bike boxes and shipping my bike seems daunting and risky, also I don't drive. Has anyone any recommendations for the best events overseas (or in the UK?) and how did you get there?